CHARD Core Values.

The organization and its members shall operate and abide by the following core values

  1. MUTUAL RESPECT, requiring them to recognize the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity;
  2. EQUITY AND JUSTICE, requiring them to team work to ensure equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location or religion;
  3. HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY, being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of their actions and open in their judgments and communications with others;
  4. SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR, POWERLESS AND EXCLUDED, shall be the only bias in their commitment to fight against poverty;
  5. COURAGE OF CONVICTION, requiring them to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure- in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the cause of poverty;
  6. INDEPENDENCE & CONFIDENTIALITY, from any religious or party-political affiliation;
  7. HUMILITY, in their presentation and behavior, recognizing that they are part of a wider alliance against poverty.

CHARD Principles.

The principles of CHARD shall be:

  1. Accountability: Combining responsibilities with rights so that those who make decisions are also responsible for them
  2. Respecting Diversity: Taking into account national and regional contexts and the individual natures and characteristics of members.
  3. Mutual Respect for decision-making at each level: All locations of defined responsibilities between the national and the states organizations as described in and guaranteed by, this constitution and its regulations, recognizing the self-governing nature of members, while respecting the appropriateness of national governance and action where this is in the collective interest.
  4. Significant of autonomous decision-making at each level of the organization: Recognizing the strength and legitimacy of the national governance lies in its ability to act decisively according to the needs and interests of the larger organization, whilst ensuring that decision-making process lie as closely as possible to those affected by decisions.
  5. The principle of subsidiary: Ensuring that decision-making power should raise as closely as possible to those its affects, while preventing unilateral decisions that could adversely affect other members in/or the organization.
  6. Checks and balances: A system of power sharing through the devolution of authority and rights of members.
  7. Primary Strategic unit: The country unit is the primary strategic unit and national territory and autonomy are respected.

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